Wednesday 11 December 2013

Christmas books: 1913

Australian publications in time for Christmas 1913

While browsing through an historic newspaper on Trove, I found this advertisement for new book titles to be published in time for Christmas 1913.

1913 'BOOKS By AUSTRALIAN AUTHORS.', Kapunda Herald(SA : 1878 - 1951), 29 August, p. 4, viewed 11 December, 2013,

During the forthcoming Christmas book season, Messrs. Ward, Lock & Co. announce that they will publish the following:-(1) "Norah of Billabong," by Mary Grant Bruce, author of "A Little Bush Maid," etc. ; (2) "Stairways to the Stars", by Lilian Turner, author of "Three New Chum Girls," etc. ; (3) "The Childhood of Helen," by Evelyn Goode (Mrs. Crawford Vaughan), a companion story to "Days that Speak" ; (4 ) "With Beating Wings," by Vera Dwyer (of Sydney-her first book); and (5) "Maori Land Fairy Tales," by Edith Howes (of New Zealand) author of "'The Sun's Babies," etc.

The Billabong series by Mary Grant Bruce were favourite titles of mine in younger years. Norah of Billabong was the third title in a series of 15. The titles are listed in sequence here on Goodreads.
I wonder if the books on many Christmas lists this year, will still be available to read in another hundred years time.

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